Round up

Having practised at the weekend and caused three postponements, the weather doubled that number on Tuesday though some, with respect, were in the lesser Cup Competitions. However, the League Cup Tie between Hamble Club and Alresford Town was one of the casualties as was the Bournemouth Senior Cup Final at Hurn Bridge which has been re-scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Just two games were played, both in the Premier Division, and both involving Clubs at the top of the table. Blackfield and Langley used their game in hand on leaders Andover Town to reduce the points difference between them to seven points with a comprehensive six nil defeat of Brockenhurst at Gang Warily – two goals apiece for Sam Griffin and Franklyn Clarke – whilst a lone Marvin Mclean goal at Newport was enough to give Sholing all three points and move them into third place on goal difference over Lymington Town.

A chilly Saturday but thankfully only one postponement – at Premier Division leaders Andover Town where the Portway suffered as usual with the frost in the area below the Clubhouse. Blackfield and Langley narrowed the gap with Andover by one point as their run of four wins ended with a goalless draw at Horndean but the top two still are away from the chasing pack whose positions change week by week. Draws were very much the vogue in the Premier Division o the day but Sholing regained third place with a three one victory at Baffins Milton Rovers – two goals for Dan Mason after the home side opened the scoring – while Hamworthy United won for the fifth time in six matches after scoring three without reply at bottom Club PetersfieldTown. Lymington Town were out of action due to the postponement and Alresford, after scoring in the opening minutes, drew one all at Portland. This was the home Club’s fourth draw in a row though some consolation in that not for the first time this season they recorded the highest attendance. Hamble Club topped the fifty goal mark in the League with a two all draw at Bournemouth whilst there was another very early goal at Cowes, scored by the home side, but a Fareham Town equaliser ensured a share of the points. It was a similar tale at Brockenhurst where the home side scored in the opening minutes only for Amesbury Town to battle back for a point. The attendance at Bashley topped the hundred mark – just – and the home supporters amongst the crowd no doubt enjoyed the two one win over Shaftesbury leaving just two games that on a day when goals were at something of a premium were the highest scoring in the Division. Bemerton Heath Harlequins beat Newport (IOW) by the odd goal in five while there were six goals at Test Park shared equally between Team Solent and AFC Portchester with Hisham Kasimu claiming all three for the home side, the only hat trick of the day. Team Solent. Like Hamble Club also topped the fifty mark for the season. So Andover remain six points clear, now with a game in hand, and with Amesbury Town the only side in the bottom three to gain a point there is little change either at the other end of the table.

The top game in Division One ended in stalemate as Christchurch’s run of six wins ended with a goalless draw at Tadley but the point gained was enough to seem them lead the table at the end of the day. Alton heavily promoted their fixture with a Christmas theme and were rewarded with a three figure attendance and three points against Andover New Street. This ended a run of six wins for the visitors in what was a very entertaining and well contested ninety minutes. A lone goal from Sergio Caballero for AFC Stoneham sent New Milton Town to their first defeat in eight matches whilst East Cowes Victoria suffered their first loss in seven matches as US Portsmouth returned to the mainland with a two one victory. Romsey Town bounced back after last weeks defeat with a five goal defeat of Verwood Town with two goals from Liam Magee and Fawley AFC gained an impressive two goal victory over Laverstock and Ford, the latter still striving to find consistent form. Totton and Eling made it three wins in a row by scoring the only goal of the game at Follands whilst Whitchurch United recorded their first victory for five games with a three one home success over Hythe and Dibden. Hopefully the Whitchurch United faithful will have noted that their former striker Sam Argent scored five goals for Basingstoke in the Southern League! Things really are tight at the top of the Division with Christchurch having a single point advantage over Tadley Calleva, Romsey Town and Andover New Street and just five points covering the top eight Clubs. Not quite so tight at the bottom however with Verwood Town and Folland Sports six and seven points adrift respectively as Christmas looms on the horizon.